47 Items

Protesters wave pride flags

AP/John Raoux

Journal Article - Journal of Peace Research

Guest Editors' Introduction: Nonviolent Resistance and Its Discontents

| 2023

In the past decade, myriad studies have explored the effects of nonviolent resistance (NR) on outcomes including revolutionary success (short-term and long-term) and democratization, and how nonviolent mobilization can play a similar role to violence in affecting social change in some settings. This special issue seeks to advance scholars' and policymakers' understanding of the role of nonviolence by tackling some key assumptions in existing work that are complicated by historical and contemporary realities of deepening polarization worldwide. This issue addresses four key areas within conflict and peace research that limit scholars' and policymakers' ability to make sense of NR: (a) the fragmented nature of civil resistance campaigns in terms of supporters and demands; (b) the increasing prevalence of authoritarian or anti-egalitarian nonviolent campaigns; and (c) the complicated nature of revolutionary success. Cutting across all three of these substantive areas is another key area, which is: (d) the United States as an increasingly salient site of conflict and contention.

New College of Florida students and supporters protest

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Newspaper Article - Harvard Crimson

Harvard Kennedy School Research Shows Youth Participation in Major Protests Increases Likelihood of Success

  • Asher J. Montgomery
| Mar. 20, 2023

Major nonviolent protests with higher levels of youth participation are more likely to be successful, according to a study by the United States Institute of Peace in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School professor Erica Chenoweth and lecturer Zoe Marks.

Iranians protests the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini

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Journal Article - Foreign Affairs

Iran's Women on the Frontlines

| Oct. 31, 2022

The authors write that this is a moment of great hope for Iran but also great worry. Although the extensive frontline participation of women in protest movements often makes them more effective, it also raises the stakes dramatically. Defeat of today's protesters could be followed by an even deeper patriarchal backlash. 

People protest following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Washington

AP/Jacquelyn Martin, File

Paper - Harvard Kennedy School

Pro-democracy Organizing against Autocracy in the United States: A Strategic Assessment & Recommendations

| October 2022

This working paper offers strategies to protect subjugated groups and inform a broad  pro-democracy struggle should an authoritarian administration gain power in 2024.

A group of abortion-rights protesters march past U.S. Capital building

AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe

Audio - Foreign Affairs

Beyond Roe: The Mutually Reinforcing Nature of Misogyny and Autocracy

| July 07, 2022

In the Foreign Affairs interview, Host Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses with Harvard's Erica Chenoweth and Zoe Marks why autocrats fear women, why feminist movements are such a powerful tool against autocracy, and what the assault on reproductive rights in the United States signifies for American democracy.

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Broadcast Appearance - WBUR

What Happens to Women's Rights When Democracy Backslides?

| Apr. 26, 2022

On Point interviews Anne Wingenter and Erica Chenoweth about the following questions: Does the attack on women's rights in the past have any relevance to the rapid spread of anti-abortion laws in the United States today? And are women's rights an early indicator of the health of a democracy overall?

Police detain demonstrators during an action against Russia's attack on Ukraine in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Newspaper Article - Harvard Gazette

What Would Be Signs Protests in Russia are Making a Difference?

  • Christina Pazzanese
| Mar. 13, 2022

The Gazette spoke with Erica Chenoweth, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Chenoweth studies mass protest movements, civil resistance, and political violence, and is the author of "Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know."